*New Outdoor Water Use Rules*

*Sheryl Wells, University of Georgia*

*Biological and Agricultural Engineering*

New outdoor water use rules were recently created and are part of the
Georgia Water Stewardship Act (Senate Bill 370).  According to Governor
Purdue, “The Water Stewardship Act is the next step forward as we continue
building a statewide culture of conservation”.    Water conservation is
critical as population growth increases and can be achieved through
efficient outdoor water use and implementing “Best Management Practices” in
the landscape.  It is our responsibility to be stewards of water, which is
our most important resource, by protecting it for future generations.

*Outdoor Water Use Rules became effective June 1, 2010 and are as follows:*

   - *Between the hours of 4pm and 10am persons may irrigate outdoors daily
   for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover,
   trees, shrubs, or other plants. *

* *

   - *There are no time limits/restrictions on the following outdoor water
   use: *

Ř      Commercial agricultural operations

Ř      Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in
compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines

Ř      Reuse of gray water when used in compliance with state and local

Ř      Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system
permitted by EPD

Ř      Irrigation of personal food gardens

Ř      Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes,
golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of
30 days immediately following the date of installation

Ř      Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses

Ř      Handwatering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container

Ř      Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by
an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said

Ř      Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or

Ř      Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass
recreational areas

Ř      Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems

Ř      Hydroseeding

*For more information:*

*Best Management Practices for Landscape Water Conservation* from UGA
Extension -

*Outdoor Water Use Information from Georgia Environmental Protection
Division  - *

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-542-3679 / 706-540-0032
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